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All Delhi-NCR vehicles must carry fuel stickers by October, says EPCA



The Supreme Court-appointed body Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority on Thursday directed the Delhi government and other states whose territories fall within the National Capital Region (NCR) to ensure that all four-wheelers — old and new; private and commercial; cars, trucks and buses — must have colour-coded stickers indicating what fuel they use by October 2019.

EPCA also asked all these states to ensure only High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) are used for all vehicles, even those bought before the number plates were made compulsory, before the October deadline.

“EPCA would like to get all four states — Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan — to notify the options and time frame under which they will ensure that all old four-wheelers would get the colour-coded stickers and HSRP. This work should be completed by October 2019,” said Sunita Narain, one of the EPCA members.

According to the EPCA directive, petrol and CNG vehicles must put light-blue stickers on their windscreens, diesel vehicles must have orange stickers, and electric and hybrid vehicles must use green stickers. In Delhi, new vehicles have been getting colour-coded stickers and HSRPs since last October. Now older vehicles to will get these in phases, starting with those registered in 2011 and 2012.

So far about 76,000 four-wheelers registered in Delhi have got HSRP and stickers, according to the state transport department. Delhi has around 5 million other four-wheelers that need them.

Coloured stickers will help authorities remove vehicles from the road based on their age and fuel-type on days when emergency road rationing measures are implemented. An EPCA official said this will make it easier to target and restrict the movement of diesel vehicles, which are compartitively more polluting that petrol and CNG vehicles.

HSRPs will help track vehicles with a laser number linked to the registration number uploaded on the VAHAN, the Delhi government transport department’s online portal since last year.

“As we have one vendor, we will implement this in phases. For now, vehicles which were registered between 2011 and 2012 are being catered to. We will soon float tenders to appoint new vendors to speed up the process,” said KK Dahiya, special commissioner (transport).

Vehicle-owners are meant to register online and approach the government-appointed vendor to get the plates and stickers updated in Delhi and Haryana. There are no vendors in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Pollution in Delhi-NCR reaches alarming levels during winter every year.

As pollution peaks in the city, the Delhi government implements the Graded Response Action Plan (Grap) to curb toxic emissions. The measures include the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme, ban on construction activities, and others restrictions.

Studies have shown that vehicles contribute significantly to Delhi’s pollution.

A 2016 study by IIT-Kanpur had shown that vehicles are responsible for around 36% of nitrogen dioxide and 20% of PM2.5 in the Capital’s air.

“This is an important step. The colour-coded stickers would help authorities identify vehicles which are running on dirty fuels and keep track of their date of manufacture. This data could be effectively used to take action to fight pollution,” said Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director (research and advocacy) at Centre for Science and Environment.



Delhi Police Arrest Three in Wine Shop Burglary Case, Including Bangladeshi National



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New Delhi: In a significant development, the Delhi police apprehended three individuals, including a Bangladeshi national, in connection with a recent burglary at a wine shop in Krishna Nagar police station area. The arrests were made in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, as confirmed by the police on Saturday.

The arrested individuals have been identified as Bilal, a Bangladeshi national, and Mohd Gazi Sheikh and Shaikh, both hailing from West Bengal, according to officials.

The incident came to light when the victim, Wasim Abbas Naqvi, a resident of Shahdara, Delhi, approached the police on April 25 to file a complaint. Naqvi reported that unidentified culprits had entered the wine shop by digging a hole in the roof, subsequently breaking the lock of the Almirah and stealing a significant amount of money.

Following the complaint, a case was registered under sections 457/380/411/34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Krishna Nagar police station, considering the gravity of the matter and the unusual method employed by the perpetrators.

A joint team comprising TST Shahdara and Crack Team Krishna Nagar was formed to investigate the case. The initial stage of the investigation involved the analysis of more than 50 CCTV footage obtained from the vicinity of the crime scene.

Preliminary findings from the CCTV footage revealed that three to four individuals had arrived at the wine shop on foot around 1:30 am. They accessed the vacant area above the store and executed the burglary by digging a hole. However, due to the late hour, no further leads were immediately apparent regarding their escape route.

Taking a technical approach, ASI Deepak Kumar from the Technical Surveillance team analyzed thousands of mobile numbers, eventually shortlisting 150 potential suspects. These numbers were subjected to further examination, including analysis of Call Detail Records (CDRs), Subscriber Detail Records (SDRs), dossiers, and social media profiles. This meticulous analysis aided in identifying each of the accused individuals.

Following the identification process, a multi-layered CDR analysis was conducted on the suspects, leading to the planning of targeted raids for their apprehension. The accused individuals were found to be residing in sensitive areas of Loni and Pasonda.

The Crack Team Krishna Nagar then initiated field operations and executed the raids with the utmost sensitivity, considering the sensitive nature of the locations involved. As a result, all the accused individuals were successfully apprehended. The police recovered a sum of INR 44,700, along with the clothes and shoes worn during the burglary, a mobile phone, and a scooter that were purchased using the stolen money and utilized during the crime.

The Delhi police expressed their satisfaction with the outcome of the operation, highlighting the successful collaboration between various teams and the utilization of advanced investigative techniques. The arrested individuals will now face legal proceedings as per the law.

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Woman found dead in under construction building in Delhi’s Sonia Vihar



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On Saturday, officers reported the discovery of a deceased 30-year-old woman in an under-construction building located in Sonia Vihar, Northeast Delhi. The woman, identified as Meena Giri, was a mother of three children and a resident of Sonia Vihar.

According to DCP (Northeast) Joy Tirkey, a PCR call was received at 10:34 am on Saturday, reporting the finding of a woman’s body with visible blood on her head and face in a building under construction in Sonia Vihar. Meena Giri and her husband, Kripa Shankar, originally hailed from Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. “As per Kripa Shankar’s statement, Meena had been missing since 7 pm on Friday,” stated the police.

Authorities have identified a worker in the area as the primary suspect. It is suspected that the woman and the accused were acquaintances who engaged in an argument over a certain matter. Allegedly, in a fit of rage, the accused fatally assaulted Meena with a heavy object.

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Delhi Crime Branch Takes Down Drug Dealers: 43 Arrested, Narcotics Worth Crores Seized



The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police announced on Sunday that it has apprehended more than 43 individuals and confiscated drugs valued at Rs 1-2 crore. These actions were carried out through simultaneous raids conducted at 100 different locations across the national capital under the initiative named Operation Kawach.

According to police sources, they have also identified more than 64 hotspots within the city where the sale and consumption of drugs such as heroin, MDMA, ganja, and other narcotics are prevalent. It has been reported that a significant number of the apprehended individuals were specifically targeting school and college students.

Since January, the Delhi Police have been actively engaged in combating drug abuse, as well as detecting and preventing its spread among both young children and adults. These efforts have been undertaken under the guidance of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

Ravindra Singh Yadav, the Special Commissioner of Police (Crime), stated, “We have carried out our actions in accordance with the directives of the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Anti-Narcotics Task Force (ANTF). Over the past five months, we have arrested 534 offenders in 412 NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) cases. In the process, we have successfully recovered approximately 35 kg of heroin/smack, 15 kg of cocaine, 1,500 kg of ganja, 230 kg of opium, 10 kg of charas, and 20 kg of poppy husk.”

To increase their effectiveness, the police formed 80 specialized teams and instructed field officers to apprehend more offenders. Between May 12 and 13, these teams conducted raids at 100 locations, leading to the arrest of over 43 drug peddlers.

Yadav further added, “This operation was a collaborative effort involving the district police. We utilized undercover officers, surveillance teams, canine squads, and intelligence teams for assistance. Our operation successfully targeted drug dealers at both the street-level and higher levels in Delhi.”

The majority of the drug recoveries were made in the areas of North Delhi, Rohini, Dwarka, and East Delhi.

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